Dark Truth Stout | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Dark Truth StoutDark Truth Stout

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Throughout the ages, man has been fascinated by the quest for hidden knowledge, the search for the secret to transforming the elemental into the extraordinary, the simple into the sublime. Ladies and gentlemen, we present for your consideration this exotic, inky concoction, the almost magical creation of our modern day alchemists who have turned humble grains—barley, wheat, rye, and oats—into black, liquid gold. Layers of complex flavors slowly emerge from the glass: espresso, roasted fig, crème brulée. Belgian yeast provides a plum-like fruitiness, noble German hops reveal spicy, herbal notes, while the rich, velvety mouthfeel mellows to a dry, smoky finish.

60 IBU

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium chalice black with a very thick tan head. Great retention and lacing. The scent has strong oak notes and alcohol. The taste is very smooth with warming hop bitterness and sweet malted flavors. There is a little alcohol burn, but not bad for 9%.

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Photo of match1112
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours out the color of liquid chocolate with bits of brown and black flowing together to make for a opaque body. plenty of clumpy lacing is left behind as the one inch thick, light brown head slowly settled.

s: nose is kinda subtle. mainly picking up notes of roasted malts, chocolate and some sweet dark fruits.

t: first up is roasted malts, with hints of chocolate and coffee. then the flavor goes to the belgian yeast bringing out fruity flavors. finally everything is overcome by the sudden rush and warmth of the alochol before the hops give this beer a dry spicy finish.

m: thick, rich and creamy is the best way to describe this beer.

o: very nice stout, and the 9.7% is hidden fairly well.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought this bottle at Total Wine & More in February 2015 so the beer has been resting for more than two years in the bottle.

I didn’t give this beer a high score when I tasted it at #Porterfestivalen in Gothenburg in November 2013.
We’ll se what aging in the bottle has done to this beer!

It pours black with a two finger, brown head tha sinks down to a thin, creamy, brown head. No lacing on the glass.

Nose: Soy sauce, plum, raisin, roasted malt, a hint of coffee and dried fruit.
Taste: Dark chocolat, plum, brown sugar, roasted malt, coffee, red fruits, some sour taste... I really cant get it... perhaps it’s the Belgian yeast?
Mouth: Full, complex body. Dry an bitter. Medium to high carbonation.

I’m glad I saved a bottle to 2017. A few years (more than 24 months) in the bottle has made wonders to this beer!
It is deeper, more complex and with a great smooth character now. I’m definitely going to raise the rating!

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Photo of tempest
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a small bottle from Princeton's for $3.25. Poured pitch black with a short tan head. There's a rich chocolate aroma with hints of rum and creme brulee.The flavor opens with chocolate liquor, cherries, toast and bitter baker's chocolate and citrus finish. I couldn't tell there was Belgian yeast at first, but the beer is fairly fruity for the style and has a little extra spice. It's appropriately thick and a great dessert beer. Check it out.

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Photo of dbossman
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Completely opaque and black; dark brown frothy head with great retention; minimal lacing

S: Sweet up front with brown sugar and molasses dominating; a burning alcohol aroma pierces through; a seemingly strong hop presence--pine, citrus, and oily; chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts make up the back end of the aroma

T: Very dry up front with a strong coffee and dark chocolate flavor; a roasted burnt malt backbone; a touch of vanilla; the sweetness from the aroma doesn't quite translate but it's still quite good

F: Great up front but it does get a bit thin on the back end

D: Its dryness and boldness of flavors makes this a sipper but it's definitely a beer you can drink slowly throughout a long evening

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark as night with a small cap of tan that appeared right on the top, settling down slowly it leaves a touch of side lacing and a nice bit of foam around the edges. Ten minutes in the top is bare though and only some light lacing on the sides remains. Aroma is sweet, licorice and brown sugar, hints of chocolate coming together nicely, but missing that little bit of push to really throw it over the top for me. Smooth, creamy and full bodied it started to grow on me as the session wore on. Bitter, dark German chocolate, coffee, hints of something else, fruit, maybe but probably not. Hard to place but there is something else there providing another flavor of some sort that is hard to discern. Dry finish with a light alcohol warmth to it and last tastes of cookie dough and coffee.

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Photo of BearablePhoto
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This Dark Truth Stout poured very oily and by the time the glass was filled up only black could be seen. A finger size head laid on top, caramel in color. As the head (and beer) began to disappear from the glass a very nice lining remained.
S: A little bit of a fruit smell meets the nose, perhaps coming from the type of yeast used, with hints of spicy components coming into play.
T: It tasted like a log cabin in a glass. It started off a little spicy and then a strong smoky flavor took over that ended very dry.

Overall a very good beer to accent a cigar or smoked sausage, or just accent it with the other three bottles in the pack.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a four finger tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Molasses and chocolate nose and flavor is more molasses with chocolate, then a light burnt molasses aftertaste. Decent imp stout. $3.49 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. Best by Jul 2013.

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Photo of JayReq
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I actually had this recommended by someone very cool, so I went out to Whole Foods and found it! I am glad I did. I drank from a small tasting glass (basically a miniature pint glass), and man, what an easy pour!

Appearance: Poured out almost silky smooth, it looks very thick and has a really nice deep pitch color. The pour produced a nice head, somewhat creamy in its texture, but the foam is a light-tan brown, like the color of wet sand.

Smell: Banana bread and nuts, believe it not, but I can't really place what kind. I can't really pick anything else up in the nose.

Taste: This is a rather complex stout. For a 9.7% Imperial Stout the alcohol is barely there, and it tastes a bit like darker rum. The banana bread is definitely under the rum, and there is a hint of burnt oat and hops, almost an ale-like quality in the latter. A little bit of a bite on the finish, which reminds the drinker that there is indeed alcohol in there. Very smooth and drinkable for stout fans, but I don't know if I would suggest this to first-timers.

Mouthfeel: Barely-there carbonation, which I like in my stouts. Very smooth, velvety on the tongue. Very nice. "Warming" is a good word, and warming usually means a good stout. Settles very nicely.

Overall: I really quite enjoyed this. It isn't a pinnacle beer, but it is a masterful expression of the style. Boulevard really made this a pleasure to drink. This is probably one of the best stouts I have had, period, and I will most likely pick it up again.

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Photo of mac31
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intense entry of dark chocolate, smoky, chocolate maltiness. Sweet cooked caramel undertones with dark fruits (cherry) popping up from time to time. Ever so soft spiciness from the hops. Finishes pretty dry. Restrained Belgian esters. A bit boozy, 9.7% will do it. I get some ash as well, which adds a nice touch. Cereal grains in the finish. Carbonation is mild. Body is medium. After the first few sips and the palate has settles in, it's a pretty dam good beer. Very drinkable, gone before you know it. Definitely a different take on a stout, but all its parts work together harmoniously. A buddy gave me a couple bottles. I'm glad he did. I will definitely keep on my radar from now on.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter.

Black, active, thick creamy tan head with good retention and thick lacing.

Roasty, smoky, some dark fruit, and heat. Malty sweetness just barely noticeable underneath.

Roasty flavors and bitterness are prominent but balanced well by the malty base, which imparts a hint of sweetness in the background. Vague notes of dark fruit add another layer of barely discernible depth.

Warm but not quite hot, with the tiniest sting from the carbonation. Full body with roasty bitter finish.

Very tasty and bold, relatively smooth for the style. Solid. If you like the style, it's certainly worth a try.

With the exception of the raisiny dark fruit elements, I didn't get the Belgian yeast character. And I definitely didn't find any German or other hops with all the bold roast.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks back at Top Hops in New York, having never had this before. All of the beers that I've had from Boulevard have impressed me and this was no exception to that adage, as the complexity of it really came out once this warmed up. A few on here have mentioned that this was the marriage of a Stout and a Quad and that would be a perfect way to sum this up. The body and booze of the former were present along with the yeast and fruit notes of the latter and combined with the recessed alcohol, made for a beer that was worth savoring from start to finish.

Nice pour to this as the beer had a dark chocolate hue, amazingly frothy head, and nice web of lacing to it as I took my first sips. Not a strong aroma here but there was lots of currant and plum and some booze that cut through those. The barley and oats come out in the taste as the body really balanced out the strength of this beer quite nicely while the alcohol slowly came in after each sip went down. Dark bread and baker's chocolate round out the flavor profile while the lively carbonation was just an extent of the yeast that was underneath all of this, giving this beer a nice pop.

While not feeling as strong as I thought, this is not something to chug down as it took quite a while to sit back and enjoy. Creamy, lively, and deep, this was unlike any Stout that I've ever had, let alone a Double or an Imperial. Slightly roasted like a Coffee Stout and with some spice like a foreign tea, there's so much going on here that this should be in a new category since it seems to be a hybrid of a few other styles. Another winner fro Boulevard that I enjoyed immensely even if I didn't quite pinpoint it. A must-try for any dark beer lover!

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Boulevard tulip; best by 7/27/13 - wow, I know stouts age well but this one must be pretty fresh. Deep, black body with no light getting through. BIG, four-finger mocha head, that, is much bigger in a stout than I expected. But, it does have good retention and lacing.

Excellent aroma: rich, dark malt and dark fruit dominate. But, accompanied by hints of chocolate and toffee and has the quality that I like to qualify as very inviting.

The flavor is a very good copy of the aroma with the dark malt, raisin, chocolate, and toffee flavors as well. A light smoky flavor blends in and a touch of bitterness from either the roasted malt or a bit of hops finishes the taste profile.

Medium to thick mouthfeel with a touch of the alcohol present. Solid stout that would very likely do well with age.

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Photo of BenHesk12
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep, dark, burnt molasses smoke with a more traditional mouthfeel and belgian yeast twist. Kind of incredible that this is a 9.7% alcohol beer! Especially when available at an average priced craft beer 4 pack

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Photo of GbVDave
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into three pint glasses. Thanks to Steve and Chris for the assist!

Batch Number/ 2010-1
Best By Date: 01/13

A: Intense black coffee pour. Dark khaki head. Very pillowy. Excellent retention and lace.

S: Heavily roasted malt, coffee, oats, milk sugar, bakers chocolate and dark overripe fruit.

T: See above with roasty malt, rich dark fruit, oats/milk sugar, and a slight Belgian yeastiness.

M: Very smooth. Coats well with a slight dryness during the long roasty finish.

D: Fantastic! No trace of ABV. Very nice, indeed.

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Photo of riored4v
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 3/19/10

Poured into a goblet. 3 finger, dense, tan head. Good lacing. Pitch black body.

Smell was molasses, coffee, burnt malt and no real standout sweetness. Good aroma although not real strong.

Flavor had some rasoted flavor with a subtle bitter finish that seems to come more from the malt than the hops. Some mild sweetness, molasses and coffee flavors. Some fruitness is present from the belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel had a medium body. Fairly high carbonation (seems a little high), somewhat dry finish. Silky mouthfeel.

Drinkability was good. No signs of ABV. Flavor is mellow enough to drink easily.

Overall this was a tasty stout. Nice complexity of flavors and the belgian yeast lends an interesting character.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon tulip glass.

The color is dark black with no highlights.Light is not penetrating any part of this beer that I can detect. The head is three and a half fingers of brownish/tan foam with some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell has a little coffee aroma and has just a hint of dark chocolate. There are some black malt aroma here that has a brown bread-like aroma.

The taste is has a nice roasty flavor that presents itself with some volume. There is a bold malty push on the tongue that seems at first like it could be unpleasant but then settles into a nice smokey flavor that lets some of the plum and other dark fruit flavor come out.

This beer has a big feel to it at first and then eases up some toward the middle. The aftertaste lingers some with some but is not off-putting.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No. 14 in the Smokestack Series

Barley, Wheat, Rye, Oats
Belgian Yeast
German Noble Hops

Like the Collaboration Pils, this one looks great. Mocha head slowly settles depositing sheets of lacing. Jet black body.

The aroma is dark and roasty with hints of fig.

Well put together on the palate. A more restrained style of Imperial Stout, flavors are superbly integrated and balanced allowing one layer after another to just leave a kiss of flavor on the palate. First I get coca-cola and toffee before things turn dark, namely dark baking chocolate. It was planted in my mind by the description on the back of the bottle, but roasted figs and espresso really are appropriate descriptors. Plum is there too.

Beyond the generally less aggressive, more subtle path that this beer takes, I think the spicy quality of the yeast and hops lend a unique perspective. Rather than balance out the rich roasty malts with gobs of the hop bitterness (like Yeti or Ten Fidy) Dark Truth instead allows a lingering spice character to round things out.

Make that the 14th superb offering in the series. Guys, you're bating a 1000.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by 11/25/16 poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a two-finger mocha-colored heat that lingers
S: Burnt malt, cocoa, espresso, a hint of hops
T: Matches the nowe with malt/cococa/coffee but also adds a nice toffee/caramel/molasses note as well
M: Big but balanced, a touch viscous but not hot
O: A solid Imperial Stout. The only thing that could make it better is if the hops were a bit more pronounced; the dark/malt notes are great

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Photo of alexk307
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Thick black with a nice head and nice lacing throughout

S: Not getting anything too overpowering. Sweet, and nutty.

T: Starts off by hitting you with a thick layer of smoke. Mellows out to almost an Oyster Stout with lots of malt. Lingering taste of walnuts and smoke.

M: A little thinner than most stouts but that's made up for by a little bit of extra carbonation

O: A great beer, glad I tried it. Definitely check this out if you like smokey beers.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into The Bruery tulip, dated 2010-1, 01-13. Grabbed this one before Boulevard pulled out of Tennessee several months ago.

Pours deep black, with a big, towering, rocky light brown head on top. Takes awhile to finish the pour, letting the head settle in between; nice retention, very good lacing. Head settles into a dense, one finger cap after a bit, with solid walls of lacing.

Nose is a bit of char, a bit of burnt sugar, hinting towards espresso and dark fruit. Alcohol comes through clearly; the Belgian yeast strain does a great job of this one, adding a hefty dose of fruitiness to the mix that mixes quite well. Very nice.

Taste is... pleasant, quite enjoyable. Dark fruits are clear, a bit of brown sugar, along with a lightly roasted malt character underneath that blends nicely. Alcohol never gets boozy, and isn't felt till it's on its way down while still adding just a bit of complexity. Finish is a bit more earthy roasted malt, more fruits on the exhale, hinting at molasses. Belgian yeast tends to simplify things down a bit, very fruity, but just roasty enough to balance. well done.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected thanks to the Belgian yeast strain, but with a bit of elevated carbonation to make up for things. Quite nice, and ridiculously drinkable - the fruitiness goes a long ways towards hiding the alcohol.

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Photo of tweke
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - dark dark brown almost black in color with a thin head.
S - smells like a Belgian but added smokiness
T - smokey and malty with the finish of a Belgian
F - crisp and dry finish, doesn't cost your mouth like some of the heavier stouts. Smokey but refreshing.
O - a great stout if you are looking for smokey and Belgian notes. Finishes crisp and dry. Overall really enjoyed this after dinner.

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Photo of ratedz
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Boulevard tulip glass. Batch 2010-1. Pours pitch black with a 2-3 finger tall tan colored head. The head is very slow to dissipate, which works out since I want the beer to warm up a little bit anyway.

Smell is over roasted malts and yeast. Some dark fruits and chocolates are mixed in there too.

The taste backs up the nose...dark fruits mixed in with roasted malts. The flavor profile reminds me of a Belgian stout more than an American imperial stout. Very tasty, just not was I was expecting from the style.

Mouth feel is smooth and lightly carbonated, but a tad on the thin side for an imperial stout.

Even at just under 10%, this beer is very drinkable. Because it is a tad on the thin side, it is easier to drink quickly than some of the thicker beers of the style. Another fantastic beer in the Smokestack series from Boulevard!

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a short-lived tan head "hat leaves no lace.
Smell is rich with toasted malt, molasses, dark fruits. Great balance.
Taste is roasted malt, molasses, soy sauce, rum, and smoke. Phenomenally well balance.
Lighter body than expected, maybe medium. Effervescence is a bit fizzy but very good. Warming with a dry finish.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black. Fluffy khaki colored head receded quickly. No lacing left behind.

Aroma of roasted malt, espresso, smoke and some earthy/peaty hops. Some black cherry and ripe plum.

Taste is identical to the aroma. Roasted(almost burnt) malt and espresso to start. Some dark bitter chocolate and dark fruits. Smoke and salt reminiscent of an Islay whisky.

Rich, full bodied mouth feel. Moderate carbonation. Very dry on the tongue. Bitterness lingers.

Another excellent beer from Boulevard's Smokestack Series. Rich aroma and flavor. Some notes that brought a smoky/peaty scotch to mind. Perhaps a touch too bitter.

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Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.96 out of 5 based on 2,533 ratings.
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